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In an effort to catch Mexican drug lords, the federal agency responsible for regulating the gun industry and cracking down on gun crime allowed thousands of weapons to pass into Mexico and fall into the hands of criminals, according to a report by CBS News and other outlets this week. Read more»

The Senate voted last night to adopt a rule bringing more transparency to a practice long used to delay legislation. In a 92-4 vote, the Senate ended the "secret holds" that lawmakers used to anonymously hold up bills and nominees without having to explain their objections. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords may receive cognitive rehabilitation therapy that Tricare, the military's health plan, doesn't cover for troops with traumatic brain injuries. Read more»

JPMorgan Chase acknowledged this week that it overcharged some 4,000 military families for their mortgages and wrongfully foreclosed on at least 14. Read more»

Following the mass shooting in Arizona, elected officials have put forth new proposals to curb violence by preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has gone without a permanent director for four years. Read more» 1

The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and more than a dozen of her constituents in Tucson this weekend has sparked criticism of Arizona's lax gun control laws and renewed calls from some to tighten those restrictions. Here's our attempt to briefly break down a few of the issues at play: Read more»

We've pointed out cases in which banks' miscommunication and disorganization have caused mistaken foreclosures, but as several recent reports have noted, that's not the only way in which bank mistakes have affected homeowners. Read more»

Some struggling homeowners are currently getting a temporary reprieve from foreclosure sales and evictions during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean all foreclosure cases have stopped moving through the courts — and it doesn't mean we're done covering the developments in the foreclosure scandal either. Read more»

A provision in the financial reform law forced the Federal Reserve to disclose the details of the trillions it lent out at the height of the recent financial crisis. Read more»

Banks will go to great lengths to protect overdraft fees, which are big business. Banks make more on those fees than they do on penalties from credit cards. Read more»

Unless Congress acts to extend programs for those who have exhausted regular state unemployment benefits, millions of jobless workers may soon be phased out of emergency unemployment benefits. Read more»

From 2006 to 2009, Novartis, took a creative approach to boost doctor attendance paying top athletes and coaches to make appearances, give speeches, answer questions about their careers, and pose for photos with attendees. Read more»

The border crossing at Agua Prieta, Mexico.

As deportations have increased under the Obama administration, immigration judges have also increasingly denied requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport people who were legitimately entitled to stay in the country, according to new data. Read more»

About 84 percent of doctors in a nationwide survey reported having some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in 2009, according to a study published in the latest Archives of Internal Medicine. Read more»

For years, banks and other companies handling foreclosures have turned to cheap labor to process the growing volume of foreclosures. Read more»

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